America is a melting pot of cultures -- but it seems like not all cultures and ethnicities are welcome. Unless, of course, their clothing is appropriated for profit or racial jokes are made at their expense for entertainment. It seems as if some Americans love everything about us... except us.
At a visit to a Whirlpool factory, Davuluri saw the technology and engineering that goes into designing appliances such as
Before bullying can be severely curbed, it seems that parents, teachers and students must learn how to recognize it.
Should being a teenager or simply existing "come with the job" of being bullied?
The most impressive thing to me about this 20 city anti-bullying symposium is that it came to fruition as a result of a 17-year-old girl speaking up and a multi-billion-dollar company listening.
For a country that got rid of royalty on its road to independence it seems Americans could also now grasp the wisdom of doing away with the hierarchal idea of beauty queens as well. Can't we see the beauty in everyone and celebrate without any beauty king or queen being crowned among us?
A few hundred reactive tweets do not represent the national character. Indeed, it is not the fringe, but rather the establishment of the country that is a better indicator of shifting national paradigms.
It is a small sorority of women who can call themselves Miss America. It gets even smaller when you consider how many women of color have won. This week, the sisterhood of Asian Miss Americas has grown to two.
On Sunday, Nina Davuluri was the first Indian-American woman to be crowned Miss America, and Twitter exploded with racist, xenophobic, and islamophobic comments about the choice. The next day, students at Duke University made a video about what they think about the backlash. Check it out, and make your own! Do you #StandwithNina?
Miss America Nina Davuluri Visits Vanessa Williams In Historic Meeting Of Boundary Breaking Beauties (PHOTOS)
Check out the historic selfie that emerged from the meeting. We wonder if Vanessa Williams gave Davuluri any advice! Although
Where do I come from? When people ask me this, I usually say America. "No," they persist, "where are you from?" What they are really asking me is, "Why are you brown?" (Or, as my mother likes to say, "golden." Right on, Mom.)
We've come a long way since the world was electrified when an outstanding Jewish girl named Bess Myerson was crowned Miss America in 1945.
Racist backlash against Davuluri is just one thread in the tapestry of marginalization women of color face, as their real experiences and perspectives are often rendered invisible in exchange for one-dimensional, dehumanizing representations in the media.